Monday, June 16, 2008

Monday news update

By John Foster - Monday, June 16, 2008 at 07:57 AM

Plenty of campaign-related stories from around the First Congressional District.

First, congratulations to the Idaho Democratic Party on the most successful convention in decades. And to you Republicans frustrated with your own state party, you’re welcomed to join conservative Idaho Democrat Walt Minnick’s campaign.
- Idaho GOP: Now Under New Chairmanship Spokesman-Review
- Idaho Dems Send Diverse Group to Denver Idaho Statesman

The bad news keeps coming for Bill Sali, as yet another national political reporter declares him vulnerable.
- ‘Bill Sali is being challenged by a surprisingly formidable Walt Minnick ...’ Huffington Post

And another newspaper is reporting on Sali’s inability to help Idaho communities facing devastation from the expiration of the Craig-Wyden Act.
- Timber Payment Bluster Boise Weekly

Monday, June 09, 2008

Lettters, we get letters. We get stacks and stacks of letters.

By John Foster - Monday, June 09, 2008 at 07:59 AM

Sigh.

Another rough week for poor Bill Sali. First he gets grief for not supporting expansion of benefits for Iraq War veterans even though he never served himself. (I mean, c’mon! Who’d hold that against someone?) Then he gets zero credit for being the third (or fourth or fifth—we lose track) Congressman to DEMAND that some guys stop using an offensive slogan. In fact, he got so little credit that he needs to pass a law to get credit! Tough stuff. Then his friends and benefactors in Washington. D.C., lean on him to vote directly against the people who sent him to Congress in the first place. And now, gosh darn it, people are calling him on it. The people who wrote the three letters in today’s Idaho Statesman REALLY need to cut poor Bill a break:

Sali should represent ALL Idahoans

Thank you, Bill Sali, for telling us where your allegiances lie. I suspected it, but until you told me, I just wasn’t positive. Yes, your allegiance lies with The National Taxpayers’ Union, and it’s easy to guess what levels of income those folks represent. You also got your “A” rating from the National Rifle Association, one of the most virulent interest groups in our country. Oh, I liked the “Best and Brightest” designation from the American Conservative Union. You are really their sycophant. The “Spirit of Enterprise Award” from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a new one on me. Makes me wonder what sort of “enterprise” those big business people are referring to. And the “A in English” award for your efforts to make English “our"official language points a genuine American finger at you and your other paranoid xenophobes.

I really don’t need to point out that your allegiances overlook that you were to represent all of us in Idaho. So, thanks for letting us know.

- E. COSTON FREDERICK, Boise

Sali should have supported changes to GI Bill

In typical ignorance, Rep. Bill Sali sent a campaign e-mail filled with his defense of his vote against the update of the GI Bill. The same day, Memorial Day, Congressman Sali gave a speech at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.

The troops who fight in a worthless war and put their lives on the line deserve better than Bill Sali’s disrespect. Sali, who has never served his country in the military, will never know the feeling of being pinned down under fire. By consistently voting to give President Bush a blank check on the war, and by voting against a bill that will benefit troops, Bill Sali does not support the troops. In typical Sali fashion, he voted against a bill because it would make himself and the rich Washington donors have to pay more in their taxes.

Electing Bill Sali was the biggest mistake that Idaho has ever made. When we elected him, we elected a bumbling, incompetent and insensitive person to hold an important office. I am ashamed of the Idaho voters. In November, vote for the candidate that will accurately represent Idaho’s views. Vote for a change from typical Washington politicking. Vote Bill Sali out of office. Vote for Walt Minnick.

- RYAN HAND, Boise

Without Sali, who would keep the ATF in line?

Bill Sali sure straightened the ATF out. Forcing them to discontinue a heinous practice singlehandedly.

Kind of like the rooster that thought every time he crowed the sun came up.

- ROY MOULTON, Kuna

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Sali vote a stunner

By John Foster - Thursday, June 05, 2008 at 03:45 PM

Time after time after time, Bill Sali has claimed that he supports funding for rural Idaho schools and counties struggling to stay afloat. He has professed strong support for measures to extend and reform Craig-Wyden funding for those entities, still reeling from the drastic curtailment of timber harvests. In Shoshone County, for example, those federal funds account for two-thirds of the county’s operating budget.

So it was shocking to see him today vote against the very bill he supported in committee last year.

Counties and school districts have lived in constant fear since the Craig-Wyden funding expired. Congress passed an extension in 2007, but nothing had been passed for this year in part because many demanded that the measure not be attached to another spending bill, and that it not include earmarks.

Well, just such a bill came before the U.S. House of Representatives today. It needed a 2/3 vote to pass and go onto the Senate. Although it did receive a majority, it didn’t get the 2/3 needed in part because Idaho Congressman Bill Sali voted against it. Why? Perhaps it’s because the bill paid for the funding by closing a loophole that allows oil companies to avoid paying royalties on their Gulf of Mexico leases.

As one county person said, “Funny, but I thought Bill Sali was supposed to represent Idaho—not Big Oil.”

Click here to read our press release and a full list of the previous supportive statements from Sali.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Hmmmm, where have we seen this before?

By John Foster - Wednesday, June 04, 2008 at 10:32 AM

From CNN:

McCain Challenges Obama To Town Hall Debates

“What a welcome change it would be were presidential candidates in our time to treat each other and the people they seek to lead with respect and courtesy as they discussed the great issues of the day, without the empty sound bites and media-filtered exchanges that dominate our elections,” McCain said in a letter to Obama released by McCain’s campaign.

For the record, we have heard no response—formal or informal—from the Sali campaign about our own invitation to a series of town hall debates in the First Congressional District.

Read more about those town halls in the Spokesman Review, the Idaho Statesman and KTRV/Fox12.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

A few photos from Walt’s day at the range

By John Foster - Tuesday, June 03, 2008 at 08:44 AM

Credits to our excellent campaign photographer/videographer, Tashi Dondup:

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